This restaurant opened several years ago with great promise. The building was a gorgeous, prize winning restoration and the original menu and food quality were very, very good. Over the years things began to change, but on the chance they had rescued themselves, we bought two groupons which we used in March, 2012. On both occasions we were seated in the bar area and had excellent service, warm, welcoming, and accommodating. On our first visit, however, the food was poor. The bangers and mash(the mashed potatoes were good) came with a huge splash of a terrible, overly sweet apple cider gravy making it hard to avoid and the shepherd's pie was just inedible. Presented in a shallow ceramic boat, the "pie" it was not even an inch thick with almost no meat and just a skimming of off-tasting, dry, potatoes. The pathetic topping of few sprinkles of cheese and broken potato sticks only accentuated this disaster. Our shared dessert, apple pie, seemed to have been steamed as the crust was totally limp and wet. How one does this to a pie is a mystery. Armed with experience now, on our second visit, we stuck to the burgers and onion rings and had a very good and enjoyable meal. I would even go back for this option. We were really full, but our kind waitress insisted that we take the chocolate fudge cake home as a dessert was part of the groupon offer. The huge slice of fudge cake was way more gooey frosting than cake, so it ended up being thrown out which is a big statement because it is really hard to dislike anything chocolate that much. So the lesson is stick to the basics here and enjoy yourself in charming, lovely, not-to-be- missed Ellicott City.
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